If you read our recent article about decluttering, you likely know that the biggest hurdle to getting organized is finding the motivation to actually sort through your stuff and decide if you should keep it or toss it. Once you’ve tackled that obstacle, you’re left with a huge pile of things you no longer want or need. Then comes the easy (and most rewarding) part: donating it to a charity. We’ve rounded up five great places to donate your unwanted items here in NYC.
31-24 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103
Open Monday – Saturday, 10AM – 7PM and Sunday 11AM – 7PM
12-10 36th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11106
10AM – 6PM, 7 days a week.
With two locations in Queens, Hour Thrift Shops are great donation options for your gently used clothing and toys. The proceeds of the shops go towards Hour’s mission: helping incarcerated women maintain strong bonds with their children throughout prison stays and when re-entering society. The shops also employ recently released mothers, giving them that hard-to-find first job, and providing them with services that help them rebuild their lives.
306 West 37th Street, 8th Floor, NY, NY 10018
Open Monday – Friday,
If you have lots of new or gently used baby items, Good+ Foundation is the place to take them. Always looking for clothes, strollers, baby monitors, and baby swings, Good+ Foundation requires all items to have been purchased within the past three years. The organization helps to get baby items to families in need around the city. So, that swing your baby barely used will be put to good use at a new home within the five boroughs.
11 West 25th Street (Between Broadway and 6th Avenue) NY, NY 10010
Donation hours: Tuesday
10AM – 6:30PM; Thursday 10AM – 7:30PM; Sunday 11AM – 5PM
Your more luxury or designer items can find a new home at The Thrifty HoG. This upscale resale boutique accepts gently used men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, as well as toys, games, and small home furnishings. The company’s mission is to help homeless mothers get back on their feet and find permanent housing, and all revenue goes towards that goal. They also provide on-the-job training for these women, helping ensure they’ll be skilled enough to land more permanent positions.
227 Bowery NY, NY 10002
Donation Hours: Monday-Saturday, 7AM – 7PM
Located on the Lower East Side, the Bowery Mission provides more than 653,500 meals and 46,400 articles of clothing to men, women, and children in need of help each year. One of the oldest charitable organizations in the city (it opened in 1879), the Bowery Mission, has been recognized as one of the city’s most effective charitable programs. While they don’t accept baby items or furniture, they do accept clothes (especially coats and other cold-weather gear), linens, food, and travel-sized toiletries.
Various locations throughout the city
With locations all over the city, Housing Works is one of NYC’s most recognizable thrift shops. The organization provides comprehensive services to homeless or low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDs, or those at risk of infection. Additionally, they advocate for more comprehensive legislation that would ensure that all those living with HIV/AIDs have access to life-saving services, regardless of income. Housing Works takes almost all donations, including baby clothes as long as they still have the tags attached.